Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin sparred in the course of the second and last debate of Virginia’s governor’s race on Tuesday, but it surely was one touch upon faculties by McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate, that drew the ire of conservatives.
“I don’t suppose dad and mom must be telling faculties what they need to train,” McAuliffe, who beforehand served as Governor of Virginia from 2014 to 2018, stated in the course of the debate in Alexandria, Virginia.
McAuliffe made the remarks in response to Youngkin, the Republican candidate, who argued that folks must be extra concerned within the selections of native faculty districts. Conservative social media responded.
“Dad and mom are answerable for their youngsters. Not @TerryMcAuliffe. By no means,” one person wrote on Twitter.
“Ensure each mum or dad in Virginia hears this earlier than they vote,” tweeted former Trump adviser Stephen Miller.
“Terry McAuliffe is pro-choice except the choice belongs to the dad and mom of a school-aged child,” replied Autumn Johnson.
“Terry McAuliffe tonight in a debate…….I do not suppose dad and mom ought to have a say in what’s taught in faculties…… That is precisely why he ought to by no means maintain a place of energy ever once more,” one other person wrote.
“Oh no? Who ought to determine what youngsters get taught @TerryMcAuliffe? You?” one other replied.
On the debate, Youngkin agreed that native faculty districts ought to make these selections, however he demanded they embrace dad and mom within the dialogue and “ideas of security and privateness” within the dialogue.
“What we have seen over the course of this final 20 months is our college programs refusing to interact with dad and mom. In truth in Fairfax County this previous week, we watched dad and mom so upset as a result of there was such sexually specific materials within the library they’d by no means seen, it was stunning,” Youngkin stated. “And in reality, you vetoed the invoice that may have knowledgeable dad and mom that they had been there. You consider faculty programs ought to inform youngsters what to do. I consider dad and mom must be answerable for their youngsters’ training.”
McAuliffe famous that folks “had the precise to veto books” beneath a invoice he vetoed. “I am not going to let dad and mom come into faculties, and truly take books out, and make their very own resolution,” he stated.
Tuesday’s debate between the 2 candidates was the final earlier than the state’s Nov. 2 election
Polls at the moment show a tight race between the 2 candidates, with the RealClearPolitics Common displaying McAuliffe main Youngkin by slightly below three factors.
After the talk, McAuliffe known as Youngkin a “harmful Trump wannabe,” and acknowledged the “stakes on this race could not be increased.”
“Tonight made it clear, the stakes on this race could not be increased. Of us, we’re up in opposition to a harmful Trump wannabe who will set us again BIG TIME,” McAuliffe tweeted. “We’re constructing the biggest grassroots motion in VA historical past to defeat him.”
Fox Information’ Michael Lee contributed to this report